Criminality checking for the logistics industry

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With the popularity of online shopping at an all-time high, the number of delivery drivers on the road just keeps rising. Organisations looking to hire new logistics staff need to be vigilant to avoid making bad hiring decisions which could have an adverse effect on their business.

Criminal record checking is prudent for all recruitment, but with delivery drivers regularly handling valuable goods and information, knowing that new and existing staff are reliable and trustworthy is key.

Poor recruitment decisions can have a huge effect on a business. Delivery drivers are expected to arrive on time, every time, and failing to do so could cause problems with customers who may decide not to return. In addition, drivers who are involved in an accident will be under further scrutiny from prosecutors and failing to adequately carry out pre-employment screening could be considered a due diligence failure, which might lead to further action or fines.

The authorities providing criminality checks in the UK are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), covering England and Wales, Disclosure Scotland (DS) and Access NI (Northern Ireland).

There are three main levels of DBS checking: Basic – which only checks for unspent convictions, Standard – which looks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands, and Enhanced – the highest level of check which reveals spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warnings, reprimands and any other relevant police data.

Criminality checking will help to ensure that logistics staff can be trusted with a job which holds such responsibility. As well as confirming that staff are trustworthy, background screening can also reduce staff turnover rates by checking that new staff are a good fit.

Protecting your brand reputation is essential for all organisations, and comprehensive criminality checking for all your delivery staff will help safeguard that your good company name.

With adequate screening, you can also prove candidates right to work in the UK (employing someone not legally entitled to work in the UK carries a £20,000 fine) and validate employee identity.

Crucially for logistics recruitment, thorough checking will also validate an applicants driving license, which will reduce road risk and ensure that you meet company insurance regulations.